A Crash Course in Invisalign Aligner Care

Are you tired of living with misaligned or widely spaced teeth but don’t want to go through the process of wearing traditional metal braces? If so, then Invisalign could be the perfect treatment for you. Invisalign delivers the same teeth straightening results as braces, but without the telltale brackets and wires. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligner trays that gently shift your teeth into more desirable positions. The trays are virtually invisible and are removed for eating and oral hygiene. Because your aligners are key to getting the results you want, caring for them correctly is important. Here is what you need to know.

Clean Your Aligners Each Day

Your aligners should be cleaned once per day to keep them clear and odor-free. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush the aligners, and then rinse them thoroughly before inserting them. Some people find it easier to brush the outside of the aligners while they are on, and then removing them to clean the insides. Never use denture cleaners or mouthwashes on aligners, which can damage and stain the surfaces. Always wash your hands before handling the aligners.

Remove Your Aligners for Eating and Drinking

Resist the urge to eat or drink anything other than cool water with your aligners in place. Food and non-clear drinks can stain the surfaces of the aligners, while chewing can cause damage. Hot food and drink can also be damaging to the aligners. Never chew gum while wearing your aligners.

Insert and Remove Aligners Gently

Handle your aligners gently when inserting them and removing them. Only use your fingers to apply pressure. Never use your teeth to push them into place, and don’t use sharp objects to pop them off. Slow, gentle pressure applied evenly over the surface of the aligners is the best way to adjust them.

Get the teeth straightening you want without metal braces with Invisalign treatment from Eagle Falls Dentistry. Could Invisalign be right for you? Call us at (630) 894-5992 to schedule a consultation at our dental office in Bloomingdale, IL, today.

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